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Publication date:- 2017-23-12

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Southport and Formby donate over 18,000 pairs of old glasses to Africa

SPECSAVERS in Southport and Formby have thanked customers for donating more than 18,000 of their old, unused glasses this year, as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.  The Southport store had 14,000 donations during 2017, while Formby were able to donate over 4,000 pairs to the charity. Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity's mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eyecare. All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries. Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Formby and Specsavers Southport have shown their generosity by bringing a record number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Southport store director, Victoria Dunn, says:- "The campaign this year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference. In a country where opticians' services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don't have access to eye care services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people's lives."

VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008. The group has raised over ₤600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eyecare outreach programme.

Springview staff and patients share new and old memories this Christmas

Photo (LtR): Cheryl Johns (occupational therapy technical instructor), Leah Russell (occupational therapy technical instructor) and Rachael O’Sullivan (specialist occupational therapist) at Hoylake Christmas Tree Festival.

PATIENTS based at Wirral mental health unit Springview took a festive trip down memory lane to decorate a special tree for the Hoylake Christmas Tree Festival. Over recent weeks, staff, patients and carers from Springview's Meadowbank Ward; a specialist inpatient service supporting people with dementia; have been writing down their festive memories to decorate a memory filled Christmas tree. In addition to providing a fun activity for people accessing the service, the project also aimed to encourage the therapeutic benefits that reminiscing can provide for people with dementia.  Susie Walsh, lead occupational therapist at Springview Hospital, said:- "Springview is a hospital for patients who are mentally unwell, including those living with dementia, so we tried to make our tree interactive and enjoyable for everyone, but particularly for those living with dementia."

The Springview team, run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, also worked with people accessing the service to create a special Christmas audio book of memories and songs, which was played alongside their display at the Hoylake Festival.  Susie added:- "We chose the theme of Christmas memories to enable everyone to reminisce together about Christmas. Our patients, their carers / visitors and staff have been sharing their Christmas memories with each other. This has drawn on the strengths of our patients with dementia in discussing their longer term memories, which were written down on wooden gift tags and hung on the tree."

Springview is CWP's mental health inpatient unit based at Clatterbridge Health Park on the Wirral. It comprises of two acute mental health wards for adults of working age, an older people's mental health ward, an eating disorders ward and a psychiatric intensive care unit  Springview contains a number of state of the art healing rooms and gardens. It also has:- gym facilities, a cyber cafe, spiritual care room and activity centre.

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